Events

March 9: Wiseguy Speaker Series and book signing with biographer and National Book Award winner Deirdre Bair, author of “Al Capone”

Date: Wiseguy Speaker Series and book signing March 9. Book signing only in retail store March 11
Time: 7 p.m. Wiseguy Speaker Series March 9
Additional book signing set for 1-3 p.m. March 11 in the retail store
Cost: Free for Members or with Museum admission.
There is no cost to enter the Museum retail store.
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Wiseguy Speaker Series and book signing with biographer and National Book Award winner Deirdre Bair, author of Al Capone
Bair book cover

Few have captured the public’s imagination for as long as Al Capone. As “Public Enemy Number One” during the blood-soaked days of Prohibition through the present day, Capone’s legend still looms large. While Capone has long been mythologized and immortalized in books and film, little is known of the Capone behind the legend.

Deirdre Bair, author of the National Book Award-winning biography of Samuel Beckett, has written the first new biography of the legendary gangster in more than 20 years. With help from his family and exclusive access to personal testimony and archival documents, Bair has written a rigorous and intimate biography that provides an intriguing portrait of a man who was equal parts monster, criminal, devoted family man and charismatic public figure. In the process she debunks many of the myths that have fed Capone lore and explores the complicated legacy borne by his descendants.

Bair will also sign copies of her book from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 11, in the Museum retail store. There is no charge to enter the retail store.

Author

Deirdre Bair  

Deirdre Bair


One of the most awarded and acclaimed biographers, Deirdre Bair has won the National Book Award for Samuel Beckett: A Biography, and her biographies of Simone de Beauvoir and Carl Jung were finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her biographies of Anais Nin and Saul Steinberg were both named New York Times Notable Books.